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From: Susan <>
Subject: Re: [GV] GER-VOLGA Digest, Vol 7, Issue 2
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:03:08 +0000 (UTC)
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OMG, could these Wiederspahn's be my relatives? I am so sorry for your loss. God be with you.

My Momma died last week. She was Martha Hofferber Stenson of Olympia, WA.

Her parents were Jacob Hofferber & Katherine Margaret Wiederspahn. They were born in Russia in 1879, & eventually lived in Bethanien, Russia, in the caucusus area near Schilling. I will post my Momma's obitua ry soon.

Susan H ubenthal

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Subject: GER-VOLGA Digest, Vol 7, Issue 2

Today's Topics:

   1. Re: GER-VOLGA Digest, Vol 7, Issue 1 (Politova Marina)
   2. Obit,  Robert F. ?Bob? Wiederspahn (Henry Schmick)
   3. Re: Witchcraft ()
   4. Re: pictures in Grandma's things Hass & Lenz ()
   5. Orlovskaya (MARY JANE BOLTON)


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:01:29 +0400
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Subject: Re: [GV] GER-VOLGA Digest, Vol 7, Issue 1
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Dear friends! I'm away till 4.1. Happy New Year


Message: 2
Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 08:51:17 -0700
From: "Henry Schmick" <>
Subject: [GV] Obit,  Robert F. ?Bob? Wiederspahn
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Wiederspahn,  Robert F.,  May 22, 1946- Dec. 24, 2011

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Cheyenne, Wyoming
1 Jan 2012

Robert F. ?Bob? Wiederspahn, 65, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Cheyenne,
died Dec. 24 at the Fort Collins Healthcare Center.

He was born May 22, 1946, in Cheyenne and had lived here most of his life.

Bob worked for many years for the Wyoming Highway Department and was a
telephone operator at Target.

He was a member of Zion Congregational Church. He had served as a member of
the Mayor?s Council for People With Disabilities. He enjoyed fishing and
volunteered at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in ICU.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Wiederspahn, of Fort Collins, whom he married
Sept. 5, 2005, in Milliken, Colo.; two daughters, Dawn Cunningham and Tammi
Poling, both of Cheyenne; his mother, Irene Wiederspahn Lamb of Cheyenne; two
brothers, Richard Wiederspahn and John Wiederspahn, both of Cheyenne; a
step-son, Jess Loyal Paul of Aurora, Colo.; a step-daughter, Sharla Faye
Plumlee of South Prairie, Wash.; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and
one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert F. Wiederspahn; and his
step-father, Paul Lamb.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel with
the Rev. Rick Richter officiating.

Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Freeman, Alvin Wiederspahn, Mike Pixley,
Dwight Haught and Don Crump.


Message: 3
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:30:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft
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My grandfather was Conrad Beck ( born in Walter Russia, 8-20-1889)  told me of putting the animals in a barn for the night.  The barn did not have doors, but the warlock would walk around the barn one way 7 times and 7 times the opposite way.  Then the animals would  not be able to leave.  Thieves, however, could enter the barn, but then they would be trapped and couldn't get out again would be caught that way.

He also took me out to the pasture as a child to look for a special bone.  One that was bleached by the sun on top and had moss on the bottom.   This was rubbed on a wart on my finger with a German incantation and then thrown over his shoulder.  The purpose was to eliminate the wart.  

Susan Kern

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From: Dona Reeves-Marquardt <>
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Sent: Tue, Dec 20, 2011 11:38 am
Subject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft

Dr. Kloberdanz' excellent response on this list demonstrates the wide
ange of available scholarship on this subject, much of it dating back
o Germany in the 14th and 15th centuries in particular. I should like
o add that charges of witchcraft or practicing folk medicine were
rimarily aimed at women, although some few men also fell under the net
f suspicion. Times of crises brought out rampant accusations, whether
t was the plague or economic ills or even crop failures. It might be as
imple as passing on the "gift" of folk healing from one generation to
nother or as serious as casting the evil eye or spells, but it has a
ong, long history including our own 16th century Massachusetts hysteria
nd is perpetuated in Texas-German folk tradition as well. Women were
articularly vulnerable victims since they were already outside the
ower structure of society and generally thought of in somewhat mystic
erms for a number of reasons. It is a fascinating, difficult topic.
hanks to Bill Pickelhaupt for bring it to our attention.
On 12/20/2011 9:34 AM, Judith wrote:
 Loved all the stories about this. My Grandma used to say that people would
 say that her Grandmother was a Witch. We explained it that she was a Midwife
 and also came up with a lot of medical concoctions that she would give
 people to heal them!!!!

 Maybe there was more to it!!!!


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Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:35:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [GV] pictures in Grandma's things Hass & Lenz
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My mother has been going through boxes of my grandmother's old pictures.   We have 2 pictures that we would like to go to their families if we can find them.  One is a portrait of Elizabeth Lenz.  There is no other information on it, other than it went to my grandmother, Mabel Pitsch.  This was her maiden name so it would have been before she married in Nov of 1922.    The 2nd is a picture of Tommie & Henrietta Hass and a note that the pictures were taken May 30th 1922.    I am willing to send these to anyone with a connection to them.

Susan Kern

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From: Wilhelm Doos <>
To: billpick11 <>
Sent: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 4:29 pm
Subject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft

ell, I've got some stories, that I suspect GR's picked up from Russians:
-to get rid of an evil eye - spit twice and say "tfu tfu ne zgladit"  - in
ussian of course
-never greet or say good bye (or shaking hands) to someone through an open
oor, archway, etc
-leave crumbs of food and drink at a headstone of departed relatives so they
an partake
-have picnics at headstones of departed relatives during holidays or special
vents, eg Easter, birthdays, etc
aybe I'll think of some others later.

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o: Bill Doos <>
ent: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 3:28 pm
ubject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft

Thanks. I don't think it really falls into the realm of "witchcraft," but more
hat of superstition, though it seems to be a vestige of belief in witches and
itchcraft. That is why I wanted to get stories from other GRs on
uperstitions/spells, etc. in Russia. I did get the story of a woman in Huck who
ave the evil eye successfully.
I have seen photos of shamans in the 1890s in Siberia - I think the tribe was
oldi (?). Russia was a land of mysticism.
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ubject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft

hanks Bill,
es, and your translation (other e mail) I feel is correct.  Sounds like a GR
sing local Russians to perform some sort of "exorcism" - local Russians and
ther ethnic tribal groups had a wealth of "shamanistic" repoirtoires.   Not
ure this would be truly "witchcraft", but your comment stimulated a lively

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o: Wilhelm Doos <>
ent: Sun, Dec 18, 2011 9:58 am
ubject: Re: [GV] Witchcraft


t was reproduced from "Baltische Monatschrift," 12 Bd, page 427 ff. in the 1867
upport Fund report. So the original would have been between somewhere
865-1867. The text of the footnote is attached. I have read references to
superstitions" (Aberglaube), so maybe those were veiled references to belief in
lack magic.


n Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM, Wilhelm Doos <> wrote:
No, I've never heard anything about witchcraft or black magic - other than some
olk medicine remedies.  I vaguely recall reading somewhere about the laying on
f hands or praying to remove evil spirits (? exorcism), but nothing that
ounded like witchcraft.  Who published this 1867 reference ?
ill Doos

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ent: Sun, Dec 18, 2011 5:02 am
ubject: [GV] Witchcraft

 ran across a catalogued notation of witchcraft in an LDS film of church

ecords in Hesse the other day which has me curious about the subject. These

ials took place in the mid-1600s. I have seen a reference from 1867 to

tchcraft and black magic rituals among the Volga Germans. I know this is not

e season for this topic but I am very curious whether anyone out there has

ard of the practice of witchcraft and black magic among the Volga Germans in


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Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:12:59 -0700
Subject: [GV] Orlovskaya
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Has anyone heard of Orlovskaya, Samara, Russia?  I am looking for the Reitz & Altenhuff families, know they are VG but do not know where they settled.  Looked at AHSGR and came up with this Orlovskaya.
Thank you,
Mary Jane


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